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Trier, Germany
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    (16 BC- )
    Founded by the Romans as Augusta Treverorum (16 BC)
    Located in the Moselle River valley
    About 9 miles from the border with Luxembourg
    Population: 114,914 (2015)
    Birthplace of Karl Marx
    It was sacked and burned by Vikings (882).
    It was the site of one of the largest and bloodiest series of witch trials in Europe, with 368 people executed (1581-93).
    France tried to annex it in multiple wars – the Thirty Years’ War, the War of the Grand Alliance, the War of the Spanish Succession, the War of the Polish Succession – finally succeeding during the French Revolution. Then they had to hand it over to Prussia after Napoleon’s defeat.
    On his 200th birthday, the city unveiled an 18-foot tall statue of Karl Marx donated by China (May 5, 2018), leading to debate about whether a democratic nation like Germany should accept a monument designed and built by an authoritarian country.
    It is believed to be the oldest city in Germany.
    In Roman times, it was the largest European city north of the Alps.
    It has many Roman buildings that were declared a UNECO World Heritage Site.
    Its Archbishop was one of the Electors of the Holy Roman Empire.
    Ironically, one of the main reasons the city erected a statue of the father of Communism was the capitalist desire to increase tourism from countries like China.
    For more irony, Marx’s boyhood home became the site of a Euro store (the European equivalent of a dollar store.)

Credit: C. Fishel

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